Jewish Romania:

A century of upheaval and resurgence

Sunday, October 25

USA (10:30 am Pacific Time Zone / 1:30 pm Eastern Time Zone)

UK 5:30 pm / France 6:30 pm / Israel 7:30 pm

The talk will last approximately 90 minutes

About this talk

Jews have been present in Romania since the 2nd century AD, when the Roman Empire ruled over Dacia. Because of its geographical location, Romania has attracted European Jews through the ages due to exiles, pogroms, persecution, etc. At the same time, parts of Romania were ruled by the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires until 1918, the year of the integration of Transylvania, Bessarabia, and Bukovina to the Romanian Kingdom. A well-known fact is that the Jews who settled in Romania were responsible for the successful economic development of the cities as merchants and professionals but also as farmers. Nevertheless, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Communism marked Jewish existence in the past century. During my presentation we will explore the many facets the Romanian Jewry is famous for through stories, culture, and music. We will also learn how Jewish life is celebrated and observed today in Bucharest, Oradea, Cluj, Iasi and Timisoara, the major Romanian cities.

About Peninah

Peninah Zilberman was born in Israel to survivor parents from Sighet Maramures and Bucharest, Romania. She served the Toronto Jewish Community for over 40 years; principal at Jewish Schools, Holocaust Museum Director and Adath Israel Synagogue Sisterhood President. Ms. Zilberman is presently the Heritage Adviser & PR Consultant for Beverley Jane Stewart, a UK Artist for "Romanian Heritage: A Journey In Time" exhibit touring London, Tel Aviv and Romania. In 2014 Peninah initiated the "70th Anniversary Commemoration to the Sighet Deportations" followed by "All Generations Gatherings" in 2015, 2017 and 2019 attracting 1000 participants, from all over the world. She is the Founder & CEO of "Fundatia Tarbut Sighet- Cultura si Educatie Iudaica" (FTS) established in 2014. FTS mission is to assist "All Generations" with their genealogy research and organizing "Family Roots Journeys"; at the same time FTS provides cultural Holocaust programs to the high schools across Romania. FTS is an active member of AEPJ, a European Jewish organization for "Perpetuating the Jewish European Heritage". Peninah initiated Intergenerational Heritage Journeys to Poland, Prague, Vienna and Budapest, starting in the early 1990's following the lifting of the Eastern European Block. Ms. Zilberman is an active participant and speaker at all programs sponsored by JDC and the Jewish Federation of Romanian Jewish Communities.

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10% of the profits will be donated to Tarbut Foundation , whose goal is to keep alive the memory of the 40,000 Maramures Jews that lived in the region before the Holocaust.

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